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10 infants in Wisconsin got a license to legally hunt (while supervised)

That would be kids who aren't even 1 year old yet.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker earlier this month signed a law making it legal for a child of any age to hunt under the mentorship program. 

And some babies have shown a real interest.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports 10 infants – that would be kids under 1 year old – have been sold hunting licenses since that law went into effect. The figure is based on data released by the Wisconsin DNR. 

These infants of course didn't buy the licenses themselves. 

As the Journal Sentinel points out, an adult could have purchased one simply as a memento. And it's not known right now if an infant actually participated in the state's nine-day deer hunt. (The youngest age of someone to register a deer was 4 years old, the paper says.)

Wait – so how does this work?

Wisconsin has had a mentorship hunting program for awhile.

Previously, kids 10 and older could use a gun or bow to hunt while with an adult serving as a mentor – someone at least 18 years old, who stays within arm's reach of the youngster.

The two also had to share a single weapon, USA Today says.

Now, because of that new law, both the age and "hunting device" (aka weapon) restrictions no longer exist.


Lifting the age restriction was about letting families choose when their child is ready to learn to hunt, said one of the bill's supporters.

"It's not government's job to tell parents [when it's OK]," Wisconsin state Rep. Joel Kleefisch (a Republican from Oconomowoc) told USA Today when the bill was signed into law.

Gov. Walker is thinking along those same lines, on Nov. 16 retweeting this story from the Journal Sentinel with a quote:

More broadly, the point of the mentorship program has always been to introduce younger people to hunting.

As the informational site puts it: "This one-on-one mentoring opportunity gives first-time hunters a chance to try hunting and enables veteran hunters to pass on their passion for the outdoors and help keep Wisconsin's hunting heritage strong."

During this nine-day season, Wisconsin hunters harvested more than 195,000 deer, and the state sold 588,387 licenses.

And 588,377 of those licenses were to people over the age of 1.

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